Are you interested in learning more about the LGBTQQ community and other social identities? Do you want to develop your public speaking and facilitation skills and become a stronger leader? OUTSpoken is for you! Develop your leadership skills, explore social power and become a powerful speaker for the LGBTQQ community. Applications for the fall session can be found here. Email Alexis@youthprideri.org for more information. The Fall session of OUTspoken will run Mondays October 17-December 12.
The Programming Council is a group of YPI young people who work with staff to assess and discuss youth needs and create the necessary programming to respond to them. YPI is a youth-driven and youth leadership organization; the Programming Council is essential in centering the youth voice in program development.
The GSA Coalition of Rhode Island provides resources and support to schools wishing to build student groups to support their LGBTQQ students and eliminate homophobia and transphobia in their schools. We work with schools at the middle, high school, and college level and host statewide meet ups for young people interested in GSA organizing. We offer trainings and resources to help groups meet the specific needs of their schools and students and a yearly GSA Conference to bring groups together from across Rhode Island to share information, build community and take action! If you are looking for school related advocacy: YPI staff can help you find updated state laws and policies, locate a safe and supportive person in your school, provide assistance with starting a Gay-Straight Alliance , and reach out to your school or program to offer training on LGBTQQ topics.
Youth Pride Inc. is here to advocate for the policy needs of LGBTQQ youth and to foster self-advocacy among the youth that we serve. This includes everything from testifying at the statehouse and attending rallies to addressing the needs of youth in schools or in out of home care. We chair the statewide LGBTQQ Youth Task Force which authored a set of recommendations for improving equitable services and care for LGBTQQ youth in the fields of child welfare, mental health/social service, health and education systems. Youth Pride staff and youth also sit on a variety of panels and commissions throughout the state to make sure the needs of LGBTQQ youth are considered in decision making processes.
Here are some of the forms that we may ask you to fill out for some programs: